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Mouthwashes do not only freshen your breath; they can help you achieve healthier teeth and gums as well. Mouthwashes are not meant to take the place of brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have a hard time doing those correctly, using mouthwash can help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease. When combined with brushing and flossing, mouthwash can be very beneficial. The benefits provided depend on the ingredients in the mouthwash, so pay attention to that. Mouthwashes usually comprise of one or more of the following:

• Fluoride, which helps reduce and prevent tooth decay
• Antimicrobials, which kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis
• Astringent salt, a deodorizer that temporarily covers halitosis, or bad breath
• Odor neutralizers, which can attack the cause of bad breath
• Whiteners, like peroxide, that can reduce stains on the teeth

Choose a mouthwash that will help the condition that you wish to treat most, as it can be difficult to find one mouthwash that does it all. Look for a mouthwash that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the label. The ADA seal recognizes companies that show scientific proof that their products work. You can even find the ADA seal on some store brands.

Talk to our dentist today to learn what type of mouthwash is best for you!